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Military Recruiting Statistics

Recruiting statistics for each of the U.S. Military services.
  1. 2008 Recruiting Statistics (12)
  2. 2009 Recruiting Statistics (12)
  3. 2010 Recruiting (4)

Recruiting Goals for 2003
One thing about the enlistment process that many people don't understand are military recruiting goals. Congress sets the size of the military, and that determines how many can enlist each year. So far, for FY 2003, the services are doing very well.

FY 2007 U.S. Military Recruiting Statistics
Up to date military recruiting statistics for Fiscal Year 2007, which runs from 1 October 2006 to 30 September 2007.

Recruit Quality Remains High
The military has been able to fill its ranks without sacrificing quality, DoD's top personnel official told reporters. More than 60 percent of the recruits came from the top half of mental aptitude categories (a score of 50 or better on the ASVAB). More than 90 percent have a high school diploma, which is the best indicator that recruits will stay through their first enlistment.

The U.S. military is not a "poor man's force." The data shows the force is more educated than the population at large. More servicemembers have some college than the typical 18- to 24-year-olds. On the socioeconomic side, the military is strongly middle class.

Recruiting Statistics for FY 2006
Up to date military recruiting statistics for Fiscal Year 2006, which runs from 1 October 2005 to 30 September 2006

FY 2005 Recruiting Statistics
Monthly update of military recruiting and retention statistics for Fiscal Year 2005.

FY 2000 Recruiting Statistics
Detailed statistics about individuals who joined the U.S. Military in FY 2000, including ages, ASVAB Score results, gender, ethnic background, and education.

All Volunteer Force - Proven
The all-volunteer force took nearly a generation to come to fruition, but has since proved its worth in combat. Thirty years after then-Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird established the all- volunteer force, some politicians are again calling for resumption of a military draft. Defense leaders are crying foul; they don't want it, and they don't need it.

2003 - A Banner Year for Recruiting and Retention
Despite predictions to the contrary, Americans are continuing to volunteer for the military, and those already in service are re- enlisting at a vigorous rate. Early in the global war on terrorism, critics predicted the U.S. would have to return to the draft to man the forces. But in this 30th year of the all-volunteer force, the military continues to meet recruiting and retention goals.

Criminal History Waivers
The number of criminal history waivers granted by each service in 2003 and in 2006. The statistics show the Army is approving significantly more criminal history waivers for enlistment than it has in years past.

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